FRISCO, Texas (June 20, 2016) — The 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships, to be played June 24-29, will provide an estimated economic impact of $9.5 million to the Westfield, Ind., area.
The top 216 boys and girls US Youth Soccer teams from Region II will compete at the Grand Park Sports Complex during the event.
“We’re honored to be hosting the prestigious US Youth Soccer Regionals event at Grand Park,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “An event such as this makes a substantial impact on our local economy and allows us to showcase our ‘Westfield Welcome’ hospitality.”
Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 4,000 players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, along with numerous spectators attending the six-day tournament. Visitors to the Westfield, Ind., area will book an estimated 10,000 room nights at area hotels.
“Grand Park is shaping up to be the nation’s premier soccer destination for competing youth, and we are honored that US Youth Soccer chose us as the host site for such a prestigious event,” said Karen Radcliff, vice president and chief strategy officer of Hamilton County Tourism. “We will welcome thousands of soccer fans and visiting teams from 14 states during what looks to be one of the busiest weekends for tourism in Hamilton County this summer.”
US Youth Soccer State Champions and Midwest Regional League wildcards in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups from 14 State Associations, including from host Indiana Soccer, will participate in the event. The other state associations represented include Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Regional winners of the U-13 through U-19 Boys and Girls brackets will earn a berth to the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 25-31, 2016 in Frisco, Texas.
Along with the Region II Championships, Westfield, Ind. also served as the host of the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup, which took place June 16-19 at Grand Park. Region II Presidents Cup was expected to bring in nearly $4 million. Overall, the two tournaments are expected to make a significant impact on the city of Westfield and all in the span of three weeks.
“The local organizing committee, along with the Indiana Soccer staff, the grounds keepers and the numerous volunteers, are committed to deliver an exceptional experience and venue,” said Indiana Soccer’s Executive Director Dave Guthrie. “It is my pleasure to personally welcome you to Indiana and more specifically to Grand Park.”
The dates and locations for the 2016 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships and the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships are as follows: 2016 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships | Barboursville, W.Va. Barboursville Soccer Complex and Scott Orthopedic Soccer Complex Opening Ceremony: June 30 Round Robin: July 1-3 Semis: July 4 Finals: July 5
2016 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships | Westfield, Ind. Grand Park Sports Complex Round Robin: June 24-26 Semis: June 28 Finals: June 29 2016 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships | Greenville, S.C. MeSA Soccer Complex Opening Ceremony: June 23 Round Robin: June 24-26 Quarters: June 27 (U13B, U14, U15, U16) Semis/ Quarters: June 28 (Semifinals U19/ Quarters U13G, U17 & U18) Finals/ Semis: June 29 (Finals U19/ Semis U13-U18) Finals: June 30 (Finals U13-U18) 2016 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships | Boise, Idaho Simplot Sports Complex Round Robin: June 20-22 Quarters; June 24 Semis: June 25 Finals: June 26 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships | Frisco, Texas Toyota Soccer Center Player Luncheon: July 25 Round Robin: July 26-28 Semis: July 30 (U14-U18) Finals: July 30 (U13 & U19); July 31 (U14-U18)
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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-13 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group division earn a direct path to the National Championships. Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. For more information, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
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